Wire Wrapping Weaving Necklace: Queen Jewels by Wendy and Arianna Behrens

Queen Jewels is now published as part of DIY Jewelry Making #60. This tutorial is written by one of our contributors – Wendy and Arianna Behrens. Are you ready for more intricate wire wrapping? Be ready – this pattern is for you! Create this lovely and elegant jewelry design. For step by step instruction, do login to our member area to follow this project. If you are not a member yet, just subscribe from the link here.

 

Materials:
77 – Inches of 18 gauge wire
5 – Yards of 26 gauge wire (color in contrast to the 18 gauge)
2 – Yards of 28 gauge (Same color as your 18 gauge)
7 – 15mm Beads or something fairly large – round and slightly flat
Tools: 
Wire Cutter Round
Nose Teflon Jaw Plier
Awl

 

 Below is a sneak preview of what you will see from the step by step guide available in our member area.

 

Terms Used:

 

Base Wires (BW): The larger gauge wires that support your weaving

 

Working Wire (WW): The wire that you use to weave (lower in gauge than the base wires)

 

Section: In this tutorial, the word section will refer to a set of 4 wraps

 

Segment: In this tutorial, the word segment will refer to a completed part that is made and later used in combination with other segments to make up the whole piece

 

Coil: One full wrap around any base wire

 

Area: For this tutorial, the word area refers to a part of the base wire that is left unwrapped during the execution of the design pattern

 

Design Pattern: The pattern of weaving that is created and then repeated for a specified number of times or inches

 

Before we begin our piece let’s do some “setting up”.
Cut the 18 gauge wire into 6 pieces of 12 inches each and 1 piece of 5 inches
Cut your 26 gauge wire into 2 pieces of 2 ½ yards each
Cut the 28 gauge wire into 2 pieces of 1 yard each
Now set aside 3 of the 18 gauge wires, 1 of the 26 gauge pieces, along with one 28 gauge wire.

Step 1: Find the center of the 26 gauge wire. Starting at that center point wrap 4 coils around one BW.

NOTE: the wraps need to begin on the right side of the BW and wrap to the left. Do not cut anything off! You will be working with both ends of the wire at the same time.

Step 2: Hold the last 2 BW’s to the left of the first. Using the opposite side of your WW wrap 4 coils on the far left BW.

Note: The reason you hold the center one in is so that you get the correct distance between the BW’s.

Step 3: Using the same side of your WW, pass under the center BW and up between BW’s 1 & 2 Back down between BW’s 2 & 3. Although the picture shows you this in one motion you will have much more even coils if you do this in the 2 separate motions.

Step 4: Return to the right side WW. Pass under the center BW Pass up between BW’s 2 & 3 Pass down between BW’s 1 & 2.

If at any time in the project you notice your wire looking “kinky” simply run it through the Teflon Jaw pliers to safely and simply straighten it out.

Step 5: Using the left side WW pass under the center wire Pass up between BW 1 & 2 Pass down between BW 2 & 3.

Step 6: Wrap 4 coils on BW’s 1 & 2

Step 7: Using your left side WW repeat step 3

Step 8: Right side WW Repeat step 4

Step 8A: Left side WW Repeat step 3

Step 9: Right side WW Repeat step 4.

Step 10: Wrap 4 coils on BW’s 1 & 3 Remember that you coils must begin on the outside of the BW and wrap up and over.

You have now established your Design Pattern. Repeat steps 3-10 until you have approximately 4 inches. That completes one full segment. Using the other 3 18 gauge wires and the 26 gauge wire repeat steps 1-10 so that you have a second segment

Count the sections on both segments. If they do not have the exact same number of sections you will need to add sections until both segments do have the same number of sections.  Once you have matching amounts on both you may clip off all of the remaining ends of WW.  Tuck the clipped ends in.  (they are tucked in properly when you can run your finger over the area without feeling any rough edge)

Step 11: So you can better see this part I will be using different wire colors. Using one piece of 28 gauge wire pass it up through the top area of one segment

Step 12: Place the second segment to the right of the first Bring the opposite side of the WW up between the first area on that segment. Pull the 28 gauge wire so that both working ends are the same length.

Step 13: Take your Left side WW across to the right side and down the area that is exactly across The Left wire is now on the right side and sticking out of the backside of the piece.

Step 14: Take the right side WW across to the left side and pass down the area directly across Your right side wire is now on the left and sticking out of the backside of the piece.

Step 15: With the left side WW count down one area and over to the right one area Pass the WW down that area You should have what looks like ½ of an X With the right side WW count down and to the left one area Pass the WW down that area You should now have a complete X and both WW’s will be back to the front side of the piece.

 

The finished look of Step 15.
I decided that a nice contrasting color choice would help illustrate it better.

 

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